Aug 162012

If you or a loved one have fatty liver disease, you may be interested in some dietary recommendations for foods that help cleanse your liver.

One thing that is very important for you to know is that good nutrition is critically important. Of course, it’s important to eat nutritious foods all of the time for the sake of your health, but it is especially vital if you have liver problems.

Check it out here.

liver cleanse menuWhat Can a Liver Cleanse Diet Do For You?

Anyone with a fatty liver would be well served by adhering to a diet specially aimed at promoting good health, to help this vital organ do its job properly.

Here are some of the benefits you may get from following a liver cleanse diet:

  • Increased vitality
  • Alleviate disease symptoms
  • Improve liver function
  • Let the liver rest and heal
  • Weight loss
  • Improve skin problems

Like anything else, you get out of it basically what you put into it. If you are faithful about following the dietary regime for good liver health, you should see wonderful results.

Tips For a Successful Liver Cleanse

  • Keep liver-friendly snacks on hand, ready to eat. You might have carrot sticks, fresh apple slices or a similar snack. The main thing is to have your snacks at hand, so that you’ll be less likely to cheat on your diet by eating something you shouldn’t.
  • Drink plenty of water. Besides helping to flush the toxins from your liver, it also makes you feel full so that it is easier to diet.
  • Eat a diet high in fiber. This acts as a scrubber for your digestive system, which is healthy; as well as increases your feeling of fullness.

Menu Suggestions

There are those who swear by a juicing liver cleanse and others who vow that a low fat diet with plenty of olive oil will help heal your fatty liver. Ultimately, this decision will be up to you.

That being said, extreme diets such as all juice are extremely hard to maintain and stick to long enough to be effective. So, you may want to go with a less dramatic but more easily accomplished diet.

Here are some daily menu suggestions if you have fatty liver disease:

Breakfast – Stick with skim milk, whole grain toast with a bit of non-hydrogenated margarine, oats or oat cereal and fresh citrus juices. You can also have fresh fruit such as a banana or grapefruit. Plain yogurt with granola and berries is also a great choice. Have a cup of coffee … some latest research suggests this has a beneficial effect on the liver.

Lunch – You’ll want to go with whole grain breads and white meats (chicken or turkey) for sandwiches. Avoid cheese or heavily marbled meats such as corned beef. Vary it, so that if you had toast for breakfast, don’t have a sandwich for lunch. Home-made vegetable soup or a clear consomm√® is also good. You can have tossed salads, but use vinegar-based dressings – simple balsamic vinegar is best, as there is no added sugar. Dessert can be a nice piece of fresh fruit. Drink water with a twist of lemon juice.

Snacks - Salt-free nuts, carrot sticks, celery with natural peanut butter, fresh fruit, quality dark chocolate, graham crackers.

Dinner – Dinner can be a larger meal, but don’t go overboard. Stick with low fat meats or fish. If you bake chicken, don’t leave the skin on. Ditto for fish. Almost any veggies are fine, as long as they’re steamed, baked or roasted and not fried. A dinner roll is okay, but use whole wheat or whole grain. A potato as a side dish is fine a few days a week. Drink water or skim milk with your meal. Dessert might be a fresh piece of fruit, sugar free jello and fat free whipped topping.

Leave off the rich meat sauces or gravies. Don’t eat cakes and cookies made with refined flours and sugar. Eat more foods that are good for cleansing the liver.

You can vary your diet from day to day so you can be more comfortable sticking with it for weeks or months without eating the same foods over and over again. The idea is eating both in moderation and in smaller serving sizes to help you lose weight and not overtax your liver.

Remember these tips when on your liver diet:

  • choose foods low in fat
  • eat meals low in salt
  • eat more fruit and vegetables
  • avoid fast food
  • avoid processed foods, soft drinks, and snacks high in sugar or salt

For a wonderfully comprehensive guide to eating the right foods to help halt or reverse fatty liver disease, you should definitely check out this one written by an RN with years of experience treating patients who have this condition.

When you have lost the proper amount of weight, and combined with exercise, you should see your liver functioning properly again. Always consult with your doctor while on this diet, and keep up with your new active lifestyle and eating healthy!

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  51 Responses to “A Liver Cleansing Diet Menu: Eat for Good Health”

  1. I read something similar about fatty liver, that it’s a silent disease but that you always feel tired and lose your memory and have tired muscles. I’m also overweight.

    I’d tried other diets, but they’re always bland and I couldn’t keep on them. I like this one, because I can still eat some good food. I just have to try to swap white bread for multigrain. If I can stick to this, I’ll try the cleanse!

  2. Hi I have mild fatty liver just wondering is prawns ok to eat

    • Yes, because prawns (and shrimp, salmon, tuna and mackerel) have the “good” fats, called omega 3. However, prawns are also high in cholesterol, so eat in moderation … of course, avoid them deep friend, full of garlic butter or breaded ;-)

  3. there is an bad breath order since I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease how can I get rid of it

    • Once your liver is functioning normally, the bad breath should go away. One (possible) reason is the increase in bacteria, since the liver isn’t properly filtering your blood. You can get into the habit of chewing on spearmint or drinking it as a tea. Limiting your intake of fats, coffee, and sugars (unless it’s natural, like apples). I myself use a couple drops of oregano oil in a glass of water to kill bacteria in the throat, though it’s very strong. I do that when I feel a head cold coming on, but I heard it’s excellent for bad breath as well.

  4. This is not a comment but a question. I am having pain underneath my ribs on right hand side, on the upper portion of the abdomen, between the ribs as well as on the back on the right hand side of the body from past 3 months. The ultrasound scan also shows grade 1 fat deposition on the liver. Is it because of the fatty liver or something else.

    But I am neither obese nor I have habit of consuming alcohol. But I feel heaviness after having food. Please let me know if it is fatty liver or not.

    Please let me know your email id so that i can scan my report and send it to you.

    • I’m not a doctor, Prasad, just a blogger who got healthy again … that being said, did your doctor check for gallstones or gallbladder problems? Those sound like symptoms of that.

    • I also have similar pain that you described and have had it for years. I was just diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by my family physician. I haven’t yet seen a specialist but I would certainly ask your doctor about it if you still have questions.

    • Mr. prasad i am doctor ashutosh from India , i just saw ur question regarding 1st grade fatty liver as seen in your imaging studies. i suggest u the following first things first. make it very clear that alcohol intake is a cause a ALD alcoholic fatty liver disease.
      but in your case you could be suffering from NALFD non alcoholic fatty liver disease.
      Secondaly you must go for some investigations regarding current status of your liver disease
      they are( 1.) Total bilirubin( 2.) serum creatinine (3) Albumin( 4) Globulin( 5.) PTINR

    • My Wife had the same pains, same result as tonya ,fatty liver disease

  5. i was checked for gallstones but had same symptoms as prasad, and was diagnosed today as having a bright looking liver and told it was a symptom of it laying fats as she put it hope that helps

  6. THank you for the info it was very helpful and as of today I will start getting my liver back to functioning mode we all need to help ourselves because who else really knows what we feel I am an active person but with bad eating habits I will follow a diet for a short time so I need a whole lifestyle change :)

  7. Great site:)

    My husband had been diagnosed with fatty liver and I just wanted to thank you as I stumbled across your website searching for a natural way to heal before the next test ;)

    What about coconut oil? I had swtich to coconut oil because of its antibiotic and good fat qualities (plus more) in place of olive oil. It has now been my go to oil from head to toe and even cooking (and great high cooking point better than olive::) ).

    What is your take on this as I have been using this oil now more regularly for our household ;)
    (concerned about the fat content) ;)

    • My wife has convinced me to switch to coconut oil, due to it being easier to digest. There’s also studies that point out that because it’s easier to digest, the liver doesn’t have to work as hard to process it.

      Olive oil is great too, but do some research. I found out a few years ago that a high percentage of olive oil is either full of impurities or even fake. I don’t know if coconut oil has the same problems, but I would only trust the type sold in organic or health food stores, not supermarkets.

  8. One more question: My husband swears by his protein shakes that he “has to have” after working out to build muscle. I do not think he should be taking protein shakes now that we are focusing on healing or reversing his liver condition.
    Please reply ;)

    • The problem with protein powders is often the chemicals and even heavy metals in it, which could definitely harm your liver. I myself DO take protein shakes, but not for body building, just as part of a fruit smoothie in the morning. I suggest only adding natural whey protein with few other ingredients. Looking at my own container, it has whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, guar gum, organic evaporated cane juice and stevia. Here’s a good article I found on protein shakes –

  9. I have Crohns disease and High Bily rubin in my liver and have polips in my Galbladder after a recent Ultrasound exam . I have had a dull pain on the right side of my abdomen like a pulled musle but noticable always even while lying down . I love red wine and pints of Guinness with meals out . is this Fatty Liver Disease ??? and are the polyps connected ?

    • Small polyps in the gallbladder are usually due to cholesterol buildup … but since the gallbladder and the liver (and IBD) are all interconnected, there is definitely some cause and effect here. Sorry to say, but you should cut out all alcohol to avoid unnecessary stain on your liver, and eat a healthy diet. Good luck, and keep talking with your doctor to see treatment options.

  10. as i have fatty liver can i take whole wheat as food

  11. I had an ultra sound of my liver this morning. I have a fatty live, I am very intolerant to carbs,so do I just leave the carbs alone and eat fruits ,veg, and chicken and fish? what about cottage cheese? I eat walnuts,dates, and raisin instant oatmeal with flaxseed oil in it for breakfast is that good or not?

    • Yes, this is a very good meal plan. If you are gluten intolerant, be careful of substitutes (ie gluten-free breads and pasta), which may contain a lot of sugar.

  12. Thank you so much for this blog.
    My son will be 18 in 8 days and we are awaiting an ultrasound but his doctor is sure he has non-alcoholic fatty liver. We are still processing this info and I am glad I will be able to have you as a resource.
    I feel like I want to tell all of his chubby friends’ parents to get their kids liver function checked, is this a rational reaction.
    I was primarily worried about diabetes, as I have type 2 and he had a cousin who died of undiagnosed diabetes at 23. Thankfully, his sugar levels are fine.
    If there is anything you know of that we need to focus on differently because of his age, please let me know.
    Praise God that we caught this so early.

    • Fortunately for you, the early (and even later stages) of fatty liver is reversible. Lots of recent studies have also linked diabetes with liver function, so it sounds like one could cause the other. There’s no age-specific requirements – exercise, gradually losing weight (not too fast – don’t have him starve), and proper diet is the best.

  13. Hi, found out I have fatty liver, slightly enlarged…my bday is next week was wondering if a small piece of cake would do any harm?

    • Ha ha, go ahead and have the cake. Plan for the long term with good diet and exercise. The occasional splurge is okay.

  14. Remove all nuts, dried fruits, fatty milk, cheese (unless 0% fat). Have low fat cottage cheese, low fat (0%) yoghourt, skimmed milk, oatmeal,bananas,fruits, orange juice, carrot/apple juice, and bitter vegetables. The more bitter one eats, the better for liver. Milkthistle(but the standardised form, nor any milkthstle) 150mg x 2/day, after food, Dandelion capsules 2/day , Cynara capsules 2/day, Arginine 1 capsule/day), exercise (walking) ,staying active, give up to sedentary life and loose weight by all means.

    No chocolate, alcohol or concentrated sugars(jams,sweets, pastries). This is the best. Try this 3 months and check again with ultrasound and start again for a 3 months diet and after 6 months you might have seen good/v.good results

  15. Sorry this one might be a little long lol. I was rushed to the hospital recently because I was blacking out, and having severe upper right side pain. I was diagnosed with Fatty Liver a few weeks ago after getting an ultrasound done on my kidneys, gallbladder, and liver. also an MRI Done but I’m not sure what that was for. Everyday before leading up to me going to the hospital I was having Severe discomfort and pain around my upper right abdomen, side and back. I also had other symptoms: fatigue, more acne. And also alot of anxiety and panic attacks because I’ve been worrying about this soo much. in the past few weeks it’s gotten a good bit better. but the symptoms are still there. just not a severe. The hospital just told me to change my diet, Don’t ever drink alcohol (I can’t yet anyways since I’m only 17) lol. and also they said no tylenol whatsoever and put it in the hospital chart for me to never have it. All of this has scared me alot. I’ve went back to my reg doc since then she doesn’t have much knowledge on this. I do take alot of medicines though and I think that may have been an impact on this. (Depakote, prozac, Vicodin, Xanax, Crestor, Align) My doctor took me off all of them except the xanax and Align and switch the vicodin to Vicoprofen (hydrocodone/ibuprofen) 4 times a day. I was aware that vicodin can cause liver damage. And i was scared of that. i was complaining of abdominal pain back in january and the dr did blood tests and said i was having mild liver damage.. but she just monitored it and it corrected itself. (i get blood test every month) So now basically I’m asking what I can do to help it? what would be the best diet. I want to have a healthy liver and have it reverse the damage. I’m kinda scared. I always have cut out caffeine since I was about 13 years old because of my anxiety disorder. So I know that’s good. but yeah… any advice?? thank you

    • Hey Chandler, you’re starting to do the right things! I’m not a doctor, but all that medication certainly couldn’t be good for your liver, which has to filter a lot of these chemicals before they are released around your body. The good news is that the liver is very resilient, and can repair itself. So, moderate the medication (which it looks like you’ve done already), and eat foods that don’t tax your liver – so, nothing fried or greasy. Lean meats, fruits and vegetables are best. Eggs (with the yolk) are really good, too.

      Thanks for writing in. It sounds like things are getting better for you!

  16. hi there
    what are the danger points of having fatty liver

    • Mainly look at your symptoms. Any pain in your abdomen, or a general feeling of fatigue. The problem is that fatty liver often has no symptoms. Mild fatty liver causes no health problems, but it could advance to NASH, which is swelling of the liver due to too much fat content between liver cells. You’ll definitely have symptoms then – nausea and yellowing of the skin, for instance. If that’s left untreated, parts of your liver will scar (cirrhosis) – enough scarring, and you will have liver failure. So … don’t go beyond NASH!

  17. My partner has recently been going thru tests to see if he can donate a piece of his liver to our daughter who has a liver problem called Biliary Atresia. He has a fatty liver. I have been trying to find the best possible diet he can follow to try and burn some fat from his liver. Any suggestion??? Thanx in advance!

    • You should talk to your doctor, because my recommendations is designed to help you gradually lose weight over a few months. If you have a time limit, you may need to lose weight faster – the problem is that losing weight too fast can actually make fatty liver worse, so you may need a more specially designed diet. Good luck!

  18. Are eggs bad for a fatty liver?

  19. Hi,

    I really liked this blog where you share your thought about reversing the Fatty liver Diseases and what can be done to maintain a healthy diet .
    So keep writing as this is really helpful to over the fear that people tend to develop when they come to know that they are suffering from a Disease.

  20. Hi
    I was diagnosed over an year ago, my GP said nothing to worry so I’d taken it lightly, but my pain on right side getting more painful than before,and had a swelling in my both legs n very painful so I kept going to GP. Then again I had my ultrasound test was done. My liver got enlarged. I’m worried now and im heavy too. My weight goes up very quickly.
    Currently following low fat diet. Could u pls let me know that any sort of medication is there to cure fatty liver ? Or by reducing fat will reverse the condition .
    Pls help I’m really stressed.

    • There are supplements, but not really any medications that will help. Go through this site to see the type of diet you should eat, but in a nutshell, yes, you need to lose weight and avoid foods that make your liver work more, such as fatty and greasy foods. Leans meats, fruits, vegetables and water is best.

  21. Know this thread is old but it has helped alot. I have been having pain on my left side for 3 months my Dr finally did ultra sounds and blood work but I was also sick with a bad cold and she insisted to do test anyway. She found out my liver enzymes was a little high and my liver ultra sound wasn’t normal. I also herd if you sick test should not be done. She has me worried sick about fatty liver disease I have been googling the right things to eat. But can it be reveresed I also have type 2 diabetes..

    • Yes, it can be reversed with the right diet (limit sugar and fats), and exercise. Make sure you keep your diabetes under control, because there’s more and more evidence linking the two diseases.

  22. I am 63 and two weeks ago I was diagnosed with fatty liver my doctor just gave me a diet sheet and that was I am a bit confused the information is very limited, I am 5″ and weight is 9sone 10 ounces bmi is 27.3 I also have high blood pressure and take stations for cholestral .what can I do to help heal myself. Thanks.

  23. I forgot to mention I do not drink and never have.I never cook with salt , I do not have sugar, do not like cakes or biscuits but I love my spicey cheese with wholemeal what am I doing wrong to end up having fatty liver.

    • You’re within the “normal” range of BMI (I say normal in quotes because there is so much variety), and it sounds like you eat very healthy. High blood pressure may be contributing to it, because some doctors see fatty liver, high blood pressure and diabetes to be interrelated. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t really suggest anything else, but I would maybe do some more tests to make sure it’s not being caused by something else as well. Good luck!

  24. My father is suffering from fatty liver as well diabetes type 2

  25. I have NAFLD stage 3. No Diabetes,no High Blood Pressure. I am thin Yes,i too have a pain in the left upper
    quadrant of the abdomen. My stomach is really big. The blood tests were normal,except ALT was 2.38.
    Glob is a bit low 1.8 .I plan on eating Chicken- liver…as i heard it was good for this condition. Any inputs you care to give would be very appreciated..

  26. Hey, so love your info on fatty liver,,, I have just found out this due to a gallbladder scan- waiting for surgery for that. This is the thing, I am a little over weight 10lbs max, I eat very well- no fast foods,, home made food from scratch using whole grains, I do not like anything fatty, dont use much in the way of dairy except yogurt [natural] and some cheese [maybe once a week] no soda, I do not use sugar- changed to xylatol,,, loads of fresh fruit/veg- I make sure I get my 5 a day in. My doc has suggested cutting my carbs further,, these are obtained from wholegrains,,, my question is this,, any ideas how I can “feel full” as I do not obtain this sensation from veggies alone and then I “hunt the cupboards”!! Also,, could you suggest something on the “sweeter” side I can eat to finish my meal- I do snack on fresh fruit during the day so would love something else. eeeeeek,,, hope that wasnt too much,,

    • Hey Garry, I would suggest looking for diabetic recipes … though you don’t have diabetes, those recipes specialize in reducing carbs while still giving you a satisfied feeling of fullness.

  27. I have fatty liver.can i eat egg crackers and what kind of bread can i eat?

    • Yes, eggs are great. All bread is carbohydrates (read “sugar”), but whole grains are best, because it makes you feel fuller due to the high fiber content, so you eat less.

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